Bring together people and organizations across Canada for transformative and world-leading health data use.


Data across Canada drive improvements in health and health equity.


Canada’s rich provincial, territorial, and pan-Canadian health and social data play an important role in a range of activities, from informing local decision-making to shaping globally recognized research.

Incorporated as a non-profit corporation in 2020, Health Data Research Network Canada (HDRN Canada) connects individuals and organizations across the country to share expertise, identify opportunities for collaboration, and foster innovation in ways that respect public expectations and Indigenous data sovereignty. 

Access to multi-jurisdictional data allows researchers to address health challenges that cross boundaries, leading to advances that help develop innovative solutions and build Canada’s international leadership in the health field.

By working together, we can learn from each other’s experiences, tackle shared challenges, and ultimately, improve public health and strengthen the healthcare system for all Canadians. 

What are health data?

Health data are facts and statistics that provide insights about the health, development and well-being of populations. These include information about health care services, health status, health behaviours (e.g. diet, exercise, smoking, alcohol consumption), and the context in which people live and work.

Health data may be collected through interactions with the healthcare system or providers, such as visiting a family doctor or getting a blood test. They may also be gathered through clinical trials, health surveys, patient registries, remote patient monitoring and more.

Strategic Goals

  • Develop and Improve Services and Supports for Data Access
  • Diversify and Harmonize Data, and Support Innovative and Privacy-Sensitive Data Use
  • Establish and Strengthen Partnerships, and Provide Leadership for Evolving Data Practices
  • Strengthen Data Use to Improve Equity, and Support Indigenous-led Data Sovereignty
  • Ensure Purposeful and Ongoing Public and Community Involvement